Jerry Fleming, 78, of New Rockford, ND, formerly Warwick, ND, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Jerry Fleming, 78, of New Rockford, ND, formerly Warwick, ND, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Funeral service will be at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, Saturday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford. Interment will be in Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford.

Jerry Allen Fleming was born August 3, 1934, at home in Eddy township, Eddy County, to Wm. James and Harriet (Eller) Fleming.  He graduated from 8th grade at Lake Washington School and attended Benson County Ag. School at Maddock. Jerry then stayed home to help with the farm work, and later worked for Archie Campbell Construction doing road work.

Jerry and Marlyss Hendrickson were married on March 18, 1954, at Sheyenne, ND. After living for 12 years on rented farms, they bought the home place from Mom & Dad Fleming, raising beef cattle, milking cows, and growing small grains and sunflowers. Jerry also owned and operated two buses, driving for the Warwick School District for five years and for the New Rockford School District for 35 years. He was a mechanic and overhauled all his own machinery plus the school bus.  

Jerry was a member of First Lutheran Church, Eddy County Farmers Union, and Central North Dakota Steam Threshers, all New Rockford. He was an Eddy County Commissioner for 14 years; served on the Eddy County Social Service board, and served as Vice President of CNDSTR. He enjoyed camping, restoring old tractors, going to Steam Thresher Reunions, reading, visiting, listening to old time music, and telling jokes. Jerry was a good Samaritan, always helping someone who needed help. He loved his grandchildren and loved to arm wrestle with them, or teach them how to drive tractors and do other things on the farm.

Jerry is survived by his wife Marlyss; two sons, David (Kathryn) and Wm. James (Michelle), both of Warwick; four daughters, Cheri (Lyle) Schaffer, Ft. Gordon, GA, Lisa Hartl, Devils Lake, ND; Heidi (Mitch) Irmen, Fargo, ND, Marianne (Darrin) Quittschreiber, Arthur, ND; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gaylen, Gettysburg, SD, Gene, Pueblo, CO; three sisters, Muriel (Don) Stillwell, Fort Mill, SC, Averiel Wood, Devils Lake, Glenna Gjestvang, New Rockford; several nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Emma Fleming, Columbia CA, Patsy Hendrickson, Devils Lake; four brothers-in-law, Richard Weisenburger, New Rockford, Don (Karen) Hendrickson, Muncie, IN, Ted Schimelfenig, Carrington, ND, and Richard Floyd, Casa Grande, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Gary and Joel; three brothers, Herman, Norman, Willard; one sister, Vonnie Weisenburger; three brothers-in-law, Paul Wood, Delvaine Gjestvang, Harold Hendrickson; and four sisters-in-law, Gen Fleming, Opal Fleming, Gwen Floyd and Vonnie Schimelfenig.

On-line condolences may be sent at www.EvansFuneral

Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, is in charge of arrangements.